Hair loss happens, but it doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the head of hair you've always known.
At the Breazeale Clinic we offer several options to address hair loss. A consultation is the best first step, followed by advice on using the right haircare products and what degree of intervention you require. If your goal is to stop hair loss from getting out of hand and you're otherwise happy with your hairline, we may choose to get you on a smart haircare regimen and administer a series of PRP treatments. If your hairline has changed in a way that makes you unhappy, then we will talk about NeoGraft hair transplantation.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, Injections are popular as natural hair growth stimulators wherein some of the patient's own plasma-rich blood (think getting blood drawn) is used to growth at the follicle level. Want a natural procedure? This is it!
Why Platelets? Platelets have been used to heal damaged tissue across multiple medical disciplines for such ailments as arthritis, tendonitis, and various other musculosketal issues. When applied with a concentration to the scalp, PRP injections use the same principle of the healing properties of platelets by adding growth factor properties within the platelets to the follicle. In this procedure blood is drawn and distilled so the platelet rich portion remains, then injected into the desired area.
What Can You Expect?
PRP injections carry a low risk of reaction as it is your own blood being used to activate the cell restoration process.
- First, blood will be drawn from your arm (be sure that you are well hydrated before coming in for the procedure.
- In the lab we spin your blood in a centrifuge for 10min. to isolate the platelets.
- The platelet rich blood is then injected or microneedled (depending on the service you're receiving) into the selected area.
Dr. Ed Breazeale always seeks to provide the best products and services to his Knoxville-area patients, which is why he chose what is known as Follicular Unit Extraction for his hair restoration services. Knoxville is now home to NeoGraftÃ‚Â® Automated Hair Transplantation, a system that harvests follicles from one area of the scalp and moves them to areas in need of more hair. Men and women alike who are facing the problem of thinning hair or pattern baldness can enjoy hair restoration with this method, which works to restore hair lost or thinning on the scalp or fill in thinning eyebrows. Patients enjoy this method because it provides natural-looking results and requires minimal down time after the procedure is complete.
What Does Hair Restoration Involve?
NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation works by taking very small groupings of hair follicles in areas with plenty to spare, harvesting them in batches of one to four hairs each, and moving them to patches of skin in need of hair restoration.
This process is different from what is known as the "strip method," a hair restoration technique that is more invasive and can leave a thin line of scarring where the hair was taken. The strip method can also lead to a loss of feeling at the site of the incision, and it requires a longer and sometimes painful recovery period.
Unlike this strip method, Follicular Unit Extraction leaves no scars and is, in fact, the least invasive hair restoration we found in our research into what to offer at The Breazeale Clinic. The combination of automation and technique allows for the operator to move quickly while creating precise, natural-looking results.
More About NeoGraft® Hair Restoration
Many patients who enjoy the benefits of NeoGraft® hair restoration report that they felt little to no discomfort during the procedure. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the fact that NeoGraft® does not make use of any staples, stitches, or sutures. The method also yields a short recovery time, with many patients returning to work and other daily activities the day after they receive their transplantation.
The FDA has cleared NeoGraft® for harvesting and implanting follicles, which happens in several steps:
- First, hair is collected from the donor area, typically on the back of the head. Each graft taken has the same diameter and length.
- Next, the sites to receive new follicles are created according to the surgeon's plan.
- Finally, the grafts are individually implanted according to size and location on the scalp.
After an initial shedding of the transplanted hair, which is natural and normal, the newly moved hairs will begin to grow within a few months.Download your consultation paperwork / Download Pre-op Instructions